There’s an old saying – ‘first impressions last’ – and nothing could be truer when it comes to presenting your property for sale. That means a tidy and presentable interior and exterior, as many people will drive-by before deciding whether to inspect or not

Your property is usually just one in a very long list of properties a buyer will see, so it’s crucial that they see it in the best possible light. The more desirable your property appears, the better your sale price is likely to be.

Learn more at our following guides …

First impressions

From the moment prospects arrive at your home, it should be evident that the gardens and lawns are well presented. Garden rubbish should be disposed of and paths and porches kept clear of debris. Toys, sporting equipment and garden tools should be stored away to enhance the appearance of your backyard and garden.

A tidy home is a welcoming home

Your home should be kept neat and tidy during the period of inspections. The home should create an inviting atmosphere by ensuring the arrangement of furniture is in a comfortable position. Utilise fresh flowers, indoor plants or paintings as they always brighten up a home.

Repairs can make a difference

Repairs Can Make A Big Difference
Make sure that all minor repairs are completed. Sticking
doors and windows, loose doorknobs, faulty plumbing,
peeling paint or faulty flywire may affect your sale.

Let the sun shine in!

It is imperative to let plenty of light into your home.
Nothing improves atmosphere more than brightness.
On a dull day it is advisable to switch lights on prior
to the arrival of prospective purchasers.

Make them comfy

A warm, comfortably heated home on cold days adds
a feeling of cosiness. On a hot day don’t forget to turn
on the air conditioning or fan (or simply let the breeze
flow through).

Open for inspections

Avoid having too many people present during inspections. First National Real Estate agents are familiar with and understand the buyer requirements and can therefore better emphasise the features of your home in line with buyer needs and priorities.

Music in the air & pets underfoot

As a general rule, it is advisable to turn off the radio and television during an inspection (as they can be distracting). If you have pets, it is advisable to keep them out of the house. Let the First National Real Estate agent and potential buyer talk, free of disturbances.